It took Arjun Tendulkar, son of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, just 12 balls to grab the limelight on Tuesday as he picked his first wicket for the India U-19 team playing against Sri Lanka U-19 at the Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo. The 18-year-old left-arm fast bowler picked up a wicket off the final ball of his second over as batsman Kamil Mishara was caught plumb in front.
Earlier, Sri Lankan skipper Nipun Dananjaya won the toss and opted to bat. India’s wicketkeeper-captain Anuj Rawat decided to open the bowling with Tendulkar and right-arm fast bowler Akash Pande.
After conceding a boundary from the fifth ball of his second over, Tendulkar finished it off in style. The ball seamed in from good length and struck the back leg of Mishara and the umpire had no hesitation in raising his finger to give India their first wicket of the morning session.
Tendulkar was troubling the batsman from the word go and almost had him trapped at the start of his second over, but the umpire signaled that the ball was going down the leg side.
It was however his fellow bowlers Harsh Tyagi and Ayush Badoni that did the bulk of the damage, picking up four wickets each to bowl out the opposition for 244.
In reply, the India U-19 openers Anuj Rawat and Atharwa Taide stitched together 92 runs in the final session, with the captain smashing an entertaining 62 including eight fours and two sixes. Rawat's dismissal in the 16th over led to the umpires calling an end to proceedings on Day 1, with the visitors still trailing by 152 runs.